LEAVING THE TABLE
We sat around a table representing expertise and networks related to Human Rights, Humanitarian Response, Creation Care, Peacemaking and Reconciliation, Strategic Diplomacy, Refugees and more. We discovered that our work often overlaps and that there is a need for interdisciplinary responses to these issues. We leave and go our separate ways today with the seeds of collaboration sown. I look forward to seeing what springs to life because we came together this week.
CHALLENGED & ENCOURAGED
I leave feeling the challenge to dream and pursue bigger dreams. I leave encouraged to find brothers and sisters eager to work together in creative new ways.
That’s pretty general, so let me give an example or two… In talking with Chris (Creation Care), we identified the real possibility of helping establish a solar power grid to one of the refugee camps in which IAFR is serving. In talking with Wissam (Human Rights, Geneva), we may have found a way to influence the system so that churches (and other faith communities) might finally get plots on which to build houses of worship in a refugee settlement that presently offers no place for such structures.
Now it’s time to train back to NYC and fly back to our respective homes to continue the work.
Thanks to Christine MacMillan, Timothy Goropevsek, Rebecca Olsavska, Wissam al-Saliby, Chris Elisara, Ed Brown, David Boan, Christopher Chou, Michael Mutzner, Albert Hengelaar, Johannes Reimer, Ruth Zhou, Jason Clarke and Deb Fikes for making the time so valuable!